Vale Dick Clark
I had the honor of appearing on Bandstand back in the Philly days when my records were taking off, and travelled with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars during my Summer breaks from The Donna Reed Show. He was always generous with his praise and support. In later years I attended several Times Square New Year’s Eve celebrations with Dick, enjoying his company and this country’s best known New Years party. Dick Clark was one of a kind, and lived gracefully to the end of his days.
Richard Augustus Wagstaff “Dick” Clark, Jr. (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which transmitted Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Clark served as Chief Executive Officer of Dick Clark Productions. He created and produced the annual American Music Awards show, similar to the Grammy Awards.